The Best Ways to Learn Photography

The Best Ways to Learn Photography

Guest Post by Sarah Scrafford

It’s more of an art than a science, but you have to admit that certain amount training in photography does come in handy. More so when you have to handle different kinds of equipment, learn all about lighting, angles and frames, and work on your editing and development skills. So what’s the best way to learn photography? Well, the answer varies according to your personal preferences, your budget and your resources. You can:

  • Go to college: Courses in visual communication and fine arts are always a good stepping stone to building your photography career. They not only teach you theoretical knowledge and give you practical exposure to the field of photography, but they also give you four (or two) years in which to become mature and learn to face the world like an adult. You also learn business skills, knowledge that works to your advantage when you have to start your own photography business and handle finances, human resources and other administrative tasks.
  • Go online: The Internet offers a plethora of opportunities for those looking to learn more about photography. You can either enroll in a reputable online course from an accredited school or just take one of the free courses offered online. You could also read the tutorials published on websites, ezines and eBooks. Take into consideration the cost factor and the amount of details each course packs. Don’t go in for a course just because it’s cheap; it may not be as detailed as it should be. Find a proper balance between cost and quality, because what you learn should help further your career.  
  • Apprentice with a professional: A mentor can help you gain tons of knowledge about the field of photography and also open doors of opportunity for you. You can pick up tricks of the trade and learn what mistakes you must avoid at all costs. You could also hone your people skills and build your network of contacts through your mentor, qualities that will come in handy when you’re ready to start your own venture. 
  • Learn as you earn: If you have regular work, you could enroll in an online course or attend seminars and workshops on photography when they’re held in your locality. You can pick up additional skills and broaden your knowledge through these primer courses.
  • Practice: Not for nothing has it been said that practice makes perfect, so keep clicking away and refining your shots through continuous practice. Experiment with lighting, angles and frames, and different techniques like panning and burst mode. Only practice can make you a great photographer, even though you’re already a good one.


This article is contributed by Sarah Scrafford, who regularly writes on the topic of Photography Colleges. She invites your questions, comments and freelancing job inquiries at her email address:

  • Nice little post – thanks Sarah (and Jason). I find that I learn the most with camera in hand, out shooting. Its what feeds-the-beast so to speak, and whilst I certainly agree with all of the scenarios in the article, I’m a firm believer in the practice makes [nearly] perfect phylosphy.

    February 17, 2009 at 6:37 pm

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